Airfix P-51D Mustang “Short Fuse” in 1/48.
Having built a number of Mustangs in the past I was convinced that nothing could hold a candle to the Tamiya kit. While I'm still of that opinion this offering from Airfix has come a long way towards shaking my convictions. The surface detailing is good, but not better in my view & there are a few novel assembly methods which took me a while to get used to but were very innovative & worthwhile. Now that I'm finished I must admit to learning a few lessons the hard way; the most important being not to assume that I could built it without consulting the instructions!
I chose to build my Mustang out of the box, except for the AeroMaster decals which were trouble free, despite being about fifteen years old! Despite there being a few challenges regarding fit, I would be very happy to build another & my guess is that there will be a future release offering a Mustang IVa in RAF markings as there are cowling gills included in the kit (although no Aeroproducts propeller). I used Alclad lacquers over Tamiya white primer & despite always feeling apprehensive with NMFs I am quite pleased with the results. Hope you like it!
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